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  • China Promises Relaxed One-Child Policy: Will It Deliver?

    Chinese Communist party leaders recently declared in an official communiqué that the government could begin to slightly relax its infamous one-child policy. Though vague, the new plan will apparently allow certain couples to have more than one child, assuming one of the parents is an only child. But the U.S. … More

    Mexican Cartels: A Hemispheric Danger

    U.S. authorities recently arrested the son of the Sinaloa drug cartel’s chief strategist on various charges, including conspiracy to import drugs. The discovery of this narcotics smuggling plot highlights the need to evolve U.S. approaches to counternarcotic efforts, Mexican criminal justice system reforms, and financial targeting in the fight against … More

    Mexico’s Bloated Junk Food Taxes

    Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has proposed a steep excise tax on junk food in an effort to curb Mexico’s obesity problem—and raise nearly $20 billion in tax revenue. The proposal would create a Mexican “nanny state” with government elites acting as diet dictators taking away consumers’ rights over their … More

    Argentinian President’s Life-Threatening Surgery Could Mean End for Party Majority

    Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez’s Victory Front coalition party suffered a tremendous loss in Sunday’s elections. Fernandez had hoped her party would win to a two-thirds majority in the congress, but now her party holds barely 50 percent of the seats. Fernandez’s campaign began losing momentum a few weeks ago when … More

    U.S.-Brazil Relations: Where Do We Go from Here?

    In an unusual move, Dilma Rousseff, president of Brazil, canceled a state visit to the U.S., citing her discontent with the Obama Administration’s response in the wake of National Security Agency (NSA) spying allegations. This embarrassing snub should force the White House to redress its foreign policy toward the region. … More

    Assad Has Friends Closer Than You Think

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has anti-American friends in the Western Hemisphere. In a move to exert his somewhat newly minted leadership status, Nicolas Maduro, the late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’s handpicked successor, sent a very colorful letter to President Obama pleading with him not to intervene in Syria. Laced with … More